November 25, 2014

General Assembly

Courtesy of Alex Yuan

 The General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, there are six (6) special interest seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly.The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.

Speaker of Assembly: Tom Sarabok

The UPUA’s Assembly maintains and operates four committees that seek to continually improve the lives of students at the university. Each committee has specific functions within the organization and is headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. The four Chairs, the Speaker, the President, the Vice President, and other members of the Executive Board form the Steering Committee, which overlooks all legislation passed by the committees. Questions or comments for Speaker Shah can be directed to

Chair of Academic Affairs Committee: Diego Santos

The Academic Affairs Committee is one of five sub-divisions of the University Park Undergraduate Association’s legislative branch. It serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. All academic college representatives are required to sit on the Academic Affairs Committee. This committee also works closely with the Faculty-Senate. Comments or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Wood at

Vice Chair: Diego Santos

Chair of Facilities Committee: Marlowe Galbraith

The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. Members of this committee also sit on a number of advisory committees, including the Facilities Fee Advisory Board, in which they collaborate with other organizations and faculty on how the Facilities Fee will be allocated for the year. Any questions or comments regarding Penn State facilities, contact Chair Cutler at

Vice Chair: Marlowe Galbraith

Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee: Zach McKay

The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all issues pertaining to the local, state, and federal levels of government. Furthermore, the committee addresses issues within the realm of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee’s initiatives vary, including anything from Penn State tuition to Pennsylvania support for higher education. Through advocacy and legislative outreach, the committee seeks to better student life at all levels of government. All questions and concerns can be sent to Chair Griggs at

Vice Chair: Tom Sarabok

Chair of Student Life Committee: Jacob Klipstein

The Student Life Committee works on initiatives related, but not limited to sexual assault, diversity, and mental health. They host multiple events throughout the year such as Mental Health and Wellness Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to bring to light issues that are plaguing Penn State students. They have worked on comprehensive reports on Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State, examining the cultural climate at the University Park campus. Any questions or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Akers at

Vice Chair: Troi Pryor

Chair of Outreach Committee: Beryl Bannerman

In an effort to improve relations with outside organizations and marginalized communities, the 12th assembly created the sub-committee on Outreach. This committee builds relationships with organization through planning collaboration opportunities. Some of the many initiatives the Outreach committee has pursued include a Tri-Caucus dinner with Penn State’s multicultural caucuses and a Meet & Greet with the Black Student Union. Over the next year, the committee plans to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives including the expansion of #YouAreWelcomeHere onto campus and a variety of Eatin’ with Heatons throughout the year!  Any questions or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Bannerman at

At Large Representatives:

Zach McKay

Lexy Pathickal

Mariana garcia

Jacob Klipstein

YuNa Choi

Tyler Akers

Percy Mottley

Danny Muldowney

Genevievre Miller

Adeline Mishler

Katherine Schaberl

Sarah Jordan

Aphrodite Biswas

Anthony Guzzo

Marlowe Galbraith

Erin Boas

Alejandra Trejo

Steven Zhang

Rodney Burgwin

Tyler Ladzinski

Freshman Council Representatives — Steven Zhang & YuNa Choi

College Representatives:

Agricultural Science – Quinn Logush

Arts and Architecture

Bellisario College of Communications – Alexis Burke

Division of Undergraduate Studies – Bridget Glasgow

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Eberly College of Science – Diego Santos

Education – Chelsey Wood

Engineering – Bryan Culler

Health & Human Development – Paty Birungi

Information Sciences and Technology – Isabella Webster

Liberal Arts – Helia Hosseinpour

Nursing – Ellen Maple

Schreyer Honors – Noelle Musolino

Smeal College of Business – Tom Sarabok

Greek Life Representatives:

Interfraternity Council (IFC)
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) – Troi Pryor
Panhellenic (PHC)

Community Group Representatives:

Black Caucus – Eddie Richardson

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Caucus (APIDA) – Avinash Saraiya

Latino Caucus – Heidy Canales